She had only been in the states for two days when her life became shambled (chaotic). Her summer was suppose to be a normal summer with her mum but it didn't work like that. A trip to the zoo was the very place where her life spiraled out of control. Not to mention, she even meets some boy that she oddly can't stand. And she normally likes everyone!
Stevie let out a sigh as she leaned on the railing of the giraffe exhibit. Apparently spending the summers with her mum wasn't enough time. The woman still saw her as a little six year old instead of the sixteen year old that she was. She looked at her mum as she laughed with Dani, Stevie's mum's girlfriend. Yup, it seemed that the other 'man' her mum divorced her dad for was actually a woman.
For the past ten years, her mum has tried to pass the woman off as a co-worker till she believed Stevie was ready for the truth. After breaking the news, her mum said they could all bond at the zoo, going back to the woman thinking Stevie is only six years old. "Hey, sweetie, want some ice cream?" Stevie looked at Dani as she spoke and shook her head. "Um, I think I'll go to the cat exhibit." She said, her British accent really sticking out.
She walked away from the two love birds,to the large building that the cat exhibit was at. She pushed the door, enjoying the cool air that rushed out, cooling her off from the summer heat. It was dark inside, beside from the light coming from the exhibits with the cats inside them. She slowly walked through, looking through each window at the cats before sitting down on a bench across from the lions.
She let out a sigh as she ran her hand through her pixie hair. She did have long, curly hair at one point but when she was working her waitress job when some kid stuck gum in it. Instead of just getting the gum out, she just chopped it all off and actually liked it. She hated ditching her mom and Dani but she couldn't exactly deal with all of it right now. She loved her mom but she wasn't ready to "love" Dani like they wanted her to.
She pulled knees up to her chest, hugging her legs, and resting her chin on her knee. It was kind of weird how empty the cat exhibit was. It was really hot outside so normally, people would want to be inside but it was a ghost town here. Atleast it was quiet, it gave her the silence she needed to think. She closed her eyes, taking a soothing breath in before letting out.
Her eyes flashed open when a noise caught her attention. It sounded like nails on a concrete floor. She looked at the lions, thinking it was them but they were all asleep. She heard the noise again coming from the right, she turned to look and saw a large form in the shadows. She stood up and squinted her eyes to get a better view, a head stuck out of the shadows and she let out a relieved sigh. The form looked like a lion. She started to laugh, "I'm sorry, I thought you were..."
She froze as the "man" stepped out of the shadows. She backed up, covering her mouth in fear. There was not a human body connected to the human head. There was a red lion body connected to it, connected to the lion body was a scorpion tail. She had to be dreaming, this was all a dream and soon Harry Potter would jump in and save her...right? The man-lion-scary-thing started to walk towards her, each step it took, she took a step back.
Where the bloody hell was Harry? "Are you scared, child?" IT WAS TALKING NOW! In a weird trumpet-like voice. The thing smiled with three, count them, three rows of sharp teeth. That's it, she was getting out here, she backed up some more, getting ready to run when it's tail shot out at her. Like slow motion, she quickly ducked out of the way, more like fell to the floor. She quickly got to her feet before the thing struck again when she ran into someone.
She stared up at the guy as he moved her behind him. She gave him a weird looked as he stared the creature down. "Who the bloody hell are you?" What kind of question was that? The guy was staring down the creepy lion thing that she was running away from, why question who he was? But to be totally honest, even though this wasn't the time to be thinking this, she didn't like the guy. That was a weird thought, she normally liked everyone. Well, not the lion thing, she hated the lion thing.
The boy looked down at her before speaking, "Get out of here." She looked at him confused, did he really expect to fight this thing? How? The light hit something and she looked down to see he had a sword. What was he going to do with that sword? Well, that should be obvious really. "Get the hell out of here." He repeated, his voice leaving no room for question. She started backing up but didn't go far. She couldn't leave him alone with that thing.
Stevie went and hide while the guy faced off against the red lion thing. The lion wasted no time to attack and shot it's tail at the boy, who dodged it with ease. The lion shot again, this time the boy brought his sword down on the scorpion tail, cutting it clean off. She covered her ears as it hollered out in pain with a trumpet-like scream. The thing snarled at the boy before running towards him. Stevie was in awe at how the boy didn't even flinch, he easily dodged the creature.
He kicked it in it's side, causing it to topple over before burying his sword into it's chest, causing it to burst into dust. That was so ace! If she wasn't slightly freaked out she would be cheering him on. But at the same time, she still couldn't fight the feeling of dislike towards the guy, even if he did save her.
And just like that, she ended up in New York, at some camp, being talked to by a man-horse about she was. Learning that she was a demi-god was mind blowing. She didn't know what to say about the matter, let alone how to react. So as Chiron, that's what the man-horse Centaur explained to her that she was attacked by a Manticore and her dad was actually some guy named Hephaestus, she just stared at him and nodded.
Her dad wasn't her real dad? Well, she had her suspicions but to find out the truth broke her heart. He's raised her for as long as she could remember, he was her dad. Chiron placed a hand on her shoulder. "This is alot to take, why don't you rest some." Stevie shook her head, "I'm fine, thank you. I think I'll just...look around."
Chiron nodded to her, understanding, "Lukas will give you a tour." She looked over to the boy that saved her, forgetting that he was even there. Her mind was in such a haze that she didn't even bother to argue. She just thanked Chiron again before leaving the room. She walked outside and sighed, this was barmy (crazy).